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Six of the original eight settlers


After researching the history of Cottonwood Heights, Katia and Radu Dugala became intrigued by the rich history surrounding the early settlement of the area that is now known as Cottonwood Heights. In the mid-1800’s, eight families settled an area known at the time as Butlerville, Utah, nestled between Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Amidst the Rocky Mountains and lush green valley, the families cultivated the land that was rich in timber, water, farmland, minerals and granite rock. Butlerville became vital to the valley, and as it thrived, the area became known as ‘The Place’ to be. As the area flourished, the area known as Butlerville became Cottonwood Heights in 1952, the home of Eight Settlers.

The area’s beauty and rich history inspired the creation of Eight Settlers, along with the desire to create a brand reminiscent of the pride and determination of the original settlers. We are proud to offer a brand that exemplifies a modern take on this unique historical heritage.


After owning a business in Utah and successfully pioneering a restaurant and sports bar in California for 12 years, coupled with many years of researching the distillery business, we were ready to take the big leap to fulfill our longtime dream of opening our own distillery. Radu enjoyed distilling spirits as a young boy with his grandpa in his home country of Romania, and had his mind set on distilling professional someday.

As Utah residents for more than 26 years, starting our next venture in our home state was a logical decision. We found Utah to be a beautiful state, a wonderful place to raise our family with its welcoming and friendly residents with a strong sense of community, and an inviting place for entrepreneurship.

Our hearts and souls are immersed in Eight Settlers and finally, after so many years of planning, we have been about to see our carefully crafted dream materializing. It has been an emotional and priceless journey for both of us and we embrace the opportunity to share it.



Eight Settlers is a marriage between the traditional western vintage look of the 1850’s with the more modern twist of the 2nd industrial revolution

Our vision and idea derived from the early settlers who found union in 1849 to the emergence of the settlements of Butler Bench, Poverty Flats and Danish Town. These settlements inspired us to design a space unique and creative likely to please even the most discerning.

We played with our use of space and divided it into thematic rooms and areas that are a tribute to the settlers and settlements that originally developed between 1848 and 1872 in the area that Eight Settlers currently resides.


The Danish Room is a subtle tribute to Danish Town and its original settlers. This room is vibrant and elegant, with a vintage European flair.

The Flats is the most sizable dining room. With rustic yet charming decor, this room is a playful take on one of the three settlements.

The Library is the most sophisticated room and a tribute to the Butler Bench settlement. From the posh furniture to the cozy fireplace, this is an intimate setting ideal for a more romantic or intimate dining experience.

The Store sells an array of branded merchandise including Eight Settlers spirits.

The Distillery offers guests a behind-the-scenes look at Eight Settlers’ distilling and blending process. Distillery tours and spirits tastings are offered to guests 21 and older.


The Garden Room has its own bar and fireplace; intended for adult dining only.

The Patio is an incredible room with an abundance of sunlight, with a retractable roof and windows so guests can enjoy the sun, moon and stars as they dine. This room is also equipped with water spray mists to cool you off during the hot summer days.